The Daily Loaf "Tampa’s first city festival" by katesteeves
'HISTORY: Named after an 18th-century Bay-area pirate, Jose Gaspar, who reputedly buried an unknown amount of treasure somewhere along the Florida coast. Adopted as the swashbuckling patron of Tampa’s first city festival in 1904.
'ADMISSION AND RESERVED SEATING: Parade and live entertainment events free; reserved bleacher seating can be purchased at gasparillapiratefest.com. Tickets for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and lunch buffets are also available. Prices range from $16.82 to $92.52.
'PARKING: Ybor garages will charge $1 for three-hour parking, $4 if a car is left longer than three hours. Shuttles will not be available at this year’s event. A complete parking map is available online. Cars parked along the parade route will be towed Friday Jan. 28 if not removed by 10 p.m.'